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For questions regarding Veteran's Benefits at USF, contact Traci Osterberg at traci.osterberg@usiouxfalls.edu or (605)331-6657.

The University of Sioux Falls agrees to comply with the Executive Order's Principles of Excellence.

Current Veteran Benefits

  • Chapter 35 – Veteran's dependent (spouse, surviving spouse, or child)
  • Chapter 33 – Post 9/11 GI Bill®
  • Chapter 31 – Veteran Readiness and Employment
  • Chapter 30 – Montgomery GI Bill® - Active duty
  • Chapter 1607 – Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
  • Chapter 1606 – Montgomery GI Bill® SR or National Guard

For a complete description of each chapter and more information, please refer to the following links: www.gibill.va.gov and SD Department of Veteran Affairs

Students must inform the VA Certifying Official, in the Registrar's Office, of the benefit chapter and the amount of the benefit received by emailing a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility to traci.osterberg@usiouxfalls.edu.

Click here for the Guide to VA Benefits.

1

First-Time Students

(have never used Veteran's Education Benefits)

  • Visit www.gibill.va.gov
  • Complete application (Form number 22-1990)
  • Print and sign application
  • Provide a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility to USF Certifying Official, in the Registrar's Office
  • Notify the USF VA Certifying Official when registration for classes is complete each semester.
  • USF VA Certifying Official will submit enrollment verification on behalf of the student.
2

 Students who have received Veteran's Education Benefits at a previous school

(transferring to USF)

  • Visit www.gibill.va.gov
  • Complete "Change of Program or Place of Training" application (Form number 22-1995)
  • Print and sign application
  • Provide a copy of Form 22-1995 to USF Registrar's Office along with Certificate of Eligibility
  • Notify the USF VA Certifying Official when registration for classes is complete each semester.
  • USF VA Certifying Official will submit enrollment verification on behalf of the student.

Payment Information & Financial Aid

For students receiving Chapter 30, Chapter 1606, Chapter 1607, or VRAP benefits: During the last week of each month students are enrolled, they must call 1-888-GI Bill-1 (1-888-442-4551) to verify monthly attendance. This phone call prompts payment to be sent to students. It's students' responsibility to use this payment to pay tuition at USF. The first payment each semester is received 30 days after the start of the semester or later based on the workload and processing time of the VA.

For students receiving Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits: Students will verify enrollment via text or email.  Students who choose to opt in for text message verification will receive a text at the end of each month and must reply "YES".  If students opt out of text messages, they will be automatically enrolled in email verification where they will receive an email on the last day of each month where they will need to select a response. Payments for Chapter 33 students are paid directly to USF.

Education and non-education veteran's benefits are reported differently on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  It is students' responsibility to keep their USF student billing account in good standing with any payments received directly by students. USF Federal School Code: 003469

Veteran Readiness and Employment

  1. Student must complete Veteran Readiness Career Counseling with VA Case Manager.
  2. USF VA Certifying Official will submit enrollment verification on behalf of the student.
  3. Student is not required to pay $100 tuition deposit.

Withdrawing/Change of Registration

  • Students must inform the USF VA Certifying Officer of any withdraw or change in registration.
  • Proper notification is required to avoid an overpayment situation.

Helpful hints to using VA benefits

  1. Complete forms in a timely manner.
  2. Call, text, or email and verify enrollment promptly the end of each month.
  3. Communication with all parties/offices involved.
  4. Be informed. Visit www.gibill.va.gov and www.vba.va.gov
  5. The VA file number is that of the person who actually served in the military. This may not always be the same as the student depending on the chapter of benefits.